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Topic: Longest word in the English Language
Message: Posted by: Patrick Differ (Jun 17, 2007 11:13PM)
Methionylglutaminylarginytyrosylglutamylserylleucylphenylalanylalanylglut-
aminylleucyllysylglutamylarginyllysylglutamylglycylalanylphenylalanyvalyl-
prolylphenylalanylvalythreonylleucylglycylaspartylprolyglycylisoleucylglut-
amylglutaminylserylleucyllysylisoleucylaspartylthreonylleucylisoleucylglut-
amylalanylglycylalanylaspartylalanylleucylglutamylleucylglycylglycylisoleu-
cylprolylphenylalanylserylaspartylprolylleucelalanylaspartyglycylprolythreo-
nylisoleucylglutamiylasparaginylalanylthreonylleucylarginylalanylphenylalan-
ylalanylglycylvalyltheonylprolylalanylglutaminylcysteinylphenylalanygllutam-
ylmethionylleucyalanylleucylisoleucylarginylglutaminyllysylhistidylprolylthre-
onylisoleucylpriIylisoleucylglycylleucylleucylmethionyltyrosylalanylasparag-
inylleucylvalyphenylalanylasparaginyllysylgyycylisoleucylaspartylglutamylph-
enylalanyltyrosylalanylgutaminyllcysteinylglutamyllysylvalylglycylavlylaspart-
ylserylvalylleucylvalylalanylaspartylvalyprolylvalylglutaminylglutamyllserylal-
anyprolyphenylalanylarginylglutaminylalanylalanylleucylarginylhistidylaspara-
ginylvaylalanylprolylisoleucylphenylalanylisoleucylcysteinylprolylprolylaspart-
ylalanylaspartylaspartylaspartylleucylleucylarginyglutaminylisoleucylalanyyls-
eryltyrosylglycylarginylglycyltyrosylthreonyltyrosylleucylleucylserylarginylal-
anylglycylvalythreonylglycylalanylglutamylasparaginylarginylanylalanylleucyl-
prolylleucylaspaaginylhistidylleucylvaylalanyllysylleucyllysylglutamyltyrosyla-
saraginylglycylphenylalanylglycylisoleucylalanylprolylaspartylglutaminylvalyl-
lysylalanylalanylisoleucylaspartylalanylalanyglycylalanylalanyglycylalanylisol-
eucylserylglycyserylalanylisoleucylbalyllsylisoleucylisoleucylglutamyyylgluta-
minylhistidylasparaginylisoleucylglutamylprolyglutamyllysylmethionylleucyla-
lanylalanylleucyllysylvalylphenylalabylvalylglutaminlylprolylmethionyllysylala-
nylalanylthreonylarginylserine

1,846 letters. A complex turkey protein molecule or two. I dunno, I'm no chemist.
Message: Posted by: Bob Clayton (Jun 18, 2007 12:05AM)
I think I'll name my kid that if I ever have one. Of course as a nickname we'll probably shorten it to just Methionylglutaminylarginytyrosylglutamylserylleucylphenylalanylalanylglut-
aminylleucyllysylglutamylarginyllysylglutamylglycylalanylphenylalanyvalyl-
prolylphenylalanylvalythreonylleucylglycylaspartylprolyglycylisoleucylglut-
amin.
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Jun 18, 2007 02:28AM)
What's the longest non-scientific word?
Message: Posted by: Yola Sol (Jun 18, 2007 03:25AM)
I think 'honorificabilitudinitatibus' deserves to be mentioned ;) It's from Shakespeare and although I think it's Latin, my former English teacher says it's English.

However, words don't have to be long to be difficult...
http://www.fievet.net/modules.php?name=News&file=print&sid=11

PS. The Shakespeare word means 'the state of being able to achieve honours'
Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (Jun 18, 2007 08:20AM)
There was a listing for a word which denotes an armchair ormanemt which was on the order of a hundred characters long.

As to molecule names... kindly don't confuse such with what we call words. One could just as well consider the geneome a workd and that would go on for miles.
Message: Posted by: Danny Diamond (Jun 18, 2007 08:38AM)
Longest sentence in the English language..."I do."
Message: Posted by: Blindside785 (Jun 18, 2007 09:25AM)
Isn't the shortest sentence in the bible "He cried."
Message: Posted by: Bill Nuvo (Jun 18, 2007 11:02AM)
Anybody know the word that uses all the letters of the english alphabet once?
Message: Posted by: Vandy Grift (Jun 18, 2007 11:11AM)
[quote]
On 2007-06-18 12:02, mrbilldentertainer wrote:
Anybody know the word that uses all the letters of the english alphabet once?
[/quote]

Is there one?
Message: Posted by: Justin Style (Jun 18, 2007 11:29AM)
[quote]
On 2007-06-18 12:11, Vandy Grift wrote:
[quote]
On 2007-06-18 12:02, mrbilldentertainer wrote:
Anybody know the word that uses all the letters of the english alphabet once?
[/quote]

Is there one?

[/quote]


Yes. It was on the licence of the guy who drove the cab I just got out of in NYC.

hey now...
Message: Posted by: airship (Jun 18, 2007 11:55AM)
The shortest verse in the Bible is John 11:35: "Jesus wept."

The "Fun With Words" site has a long list of interesting word oddities:

http://www.rinkworks.com/words/oddities.shtml
Message: Posted by: kregg (Jun 18, 2007 01:01PM)
"What's the longest non-scientific word?"

Time.
Message: Posted by: Bill Nuvo (Jun 18, 2007 01:29PM)
Time is a scientific word if you think about it...
Message: Posted by: Vandy Grift (Jun 18, 2007 01:52PM)
[quote]
On 2007-06-18 14:01, kregg wrote:
"What's the longest non-scientific word?"

Time.
[/quote]

I thought it was "smiles" because there is a "mile" in between the two s's. Or something like that.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Jun 19, 2007 02:07PM)
[quote]
On 2007-06-18 00:13, Patrick Differ wrote:
Methionylglutaminylarginytyrosylglutamylserylleucylphenylalanylalanylglut-
aminylleucyllysylglutamylarginyllysylglutamylglycylalanylphenylalanyvalyl-
prolylphenylalanylvalythreonylleucylglycylaspartylprolyglycylisoleucylglut-
amylglutaminylserylleucyllysylisoleucylaspartylthreonylleucylisoleucylglut-
amylalanylglycylalanylaspartylalanylleucylglutamylleucylglycylglycylisoleu-
cylprolylphenylalanylserylaspartylprolylleucelalanylaspartyglycylprolythreo-
nylisoleucylglutamiylasparaginylalanylthreonylleucylarginylalanylphenylalan-
ylalanylglycylvalyltheonylprolylalanylglutaminylcysteinylphenylalanygllutam-
ylmethionylleucyalanylleucylisoleucylarginylglutaminyllysylhistidylprolylthre-
onylisoleucylpriIylisoleucylglycylleucylleucylmethionyltyrosylalanylasparag-
inylleucylvalyphenylalanylasparaginyllysylgyycylisoleucylaspartylglutamylph-
enylalanyltyrosylalanylgutaminyllcysteinylglutamyllysylvalylglycylavlylaspart-
ylserylvalylleucylvalylalanylaspartylvalyprolylvalylglutaminylglutamyllserylal-
anyprolyphenylalanylarginylglutaminylalanylalanylleucylarginylhistidylaspara-
ginylvaylalanylprolylisoleucylphenylalanylisoleucylcysteinylprolylprolylaspart-
ylalanylaspartylaspartylaspartylleucylleucylarginyglutaminylisoleucylalanyyls-
eryltyrosylglycylarginylglycyltyrosylthreonyltyrosylleucylleucylserylarginylal-
anylglycylvalythreonylglycylalanylglutamylasparaginylarginylanylalanylleucyl-
prolylleucylaspaaginylhistidylleucylvaylalanyllysylleucyllysylglutamyltyrosyla-
saraginylglycylphenylalanylglycylisoleucylalanylprolylaspartylglutaminylvalyl-
lysylalanylalanylisoleucylaspartylalanylalanyglycylalanylalanyglycylalanylisol-
eucylserylglycyserylalanylisoleucylbalyllsylisoleucylisoleucylglutamyyylgluta-
minylhistidylasparaginylisoleucylglutamylprolyglutamyllysylmethionylleucyla-
lanylalanylleucyllysylvalylphenylalabylvalylglutaminlylprolylmethionyllysylala-
nylalanylthreonylarginylserine

1,846 letters. A complex turkey protein molecule or two. I dunno, I'm no chemist.
[/quote]

Yeah, that's easy for you to say . . .
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Jun 19, 2007 03:37PM)
Fart. They seem to last forever. I think it's French.
Message: Posted by: Big Jeff (Jun 19, 2007 09:51PM)
It SMELLS like it's french.
Message: Posted by: DanielSteep (Jun 19, 2007 09:59PM)
About all the leters, I used to know a girl that could pronounce the alphabet like a word... it sounded awesome
Message: Posted by: Blindside785 (Jun 19, 2007 11:56PM)
[quote]
On 2007-06-18 12:55, airship wrote:
The shortest verse in the Bible is John 11:35: "Jesus wept."

The "Fun With Words" site has a long list of interesting word oddities:

http://www.rinkworks.com/words/oddities.shtml
[/quote]Oh yeah, I could've sworn it was "He Cried" that must have been in another version of the bible or I may just be crazy boy.
Message: Posted by: airship (Jun 20, 2007 10:07AM)
The alphabet is pronounced "Ab'-ca-def-gie-jik'-kle-mi-nop-cur-stoov'-you-ix-yiz", and it comes from a Sesame Street song. :)
Message: Posted by: Chessmann (Jun 20, 2007 12:05PM)
[quote]
On 2007-06-19 16:37, Doug Higley wrote:
Fart. They seem to last forever. I think it's French.
[/quote]

Interesting. Personally, I always enjoyed it when Captain Kirk would say, "Mr. Sulu, lock Farton Torpedoes on target and await my command."
Message: Posted by: TomKMagic (Jun 20, 2007 07:29PM)
[quote]
On 2007-06-18 00:13, Patrick Differ wrote:
Methionylglutaminylarginytyrosylglutamylserylleucylphenylalanylalanylglut-
aminylleucyllysylglutamylarginyllysylglutamylglycylalanylphenylalanyvalyl-
prolylphenylalanylvalythreonylleucylglycylaspartylprolyglycylisoleucylglut-
amylglutaminylserylleucyllysylisoleucylaspartylthreonylleucylisoleucylglut-
amylalanylglycylalanylaspartylalanylleucylglutamylleucylglycylglycylisoleu-
cylprolylphenylalanylserylaspartylprolylleucelalanylaspartyglycylprolythreo-
nylisoleucylglutamiylasparaginylalanylthreonylleucylarginylalanylphenylalan-
ylalanylglycylvalyltheonylprolylalanylglutaminylcysteinylphenylalanygllutam-
ylmethionylleucyalanylleucylisoleucylarginylglutaminyllysylhistidylprolylthre-
onylisoleucylpriIylisoleucylglycylleucylleucylmethionyltyrosylalanylasparag-
inylleucylvalyphenylalanylasparaginyllysylgyycylisoleucylaspartylglutamylph-
enylalanyltyrosylalanylgutaminyllcysteinylglutamyllysylvalylglycylavlylaspart-
ylserylvalylleucylvalylalanylaspartylvalyprolylvalylglutaminylglutamyllserylal-
anyprolyphenylalanylarginylglutaminylalanylalanylleucylarginylhistidylaspara-
ginylvaylalanylprolylisoleucylphenylalanylisoleucylcysteinylprolylprolylaspart-
ylalanylaspartylaspartylaspartylleucylleucylarginyglutaminylisoleucylalanyyls-
eryltyrosylglycylarginylglycyltyrosylthreonyltyrosylleucylleucylserylarginylal-
anylglycylvalythreonylglycylalanylglutamylasparaginylarginylanylalanylleucyl-
prolylleucylaspaaginylhistidylleucylvaylalanyllysylleucyllysylglutamyltyrosyla-
saraginylglycylphenylalanylglycylisoleucylalanylprolylaspartylglutaminylvalyl-
lysylalanylalanylisoleucylaspartylalanylalanyglycylalanylalanyglycylalanylisol-
eucylserylglycyserylalanylisoleucylbalyllsylisoleucylisoleucylglutamyyylgluta-
minylhistidylasparaginylisoleucylglutamylprolyglutamyllysylmethionylleucyla-
lanylalanylleucyllysylvalylphenylalabylvalylglutaminlylprolylmethionyllysylala-
nylalanylthreonylarginylserine
[/quote]

I dare you to say that 3 times real fast...
Message: Posted by: TomKMagic (Jun 20, 2007 07:30PM)
[quote]
On 2007-06-18 03:28, gaddy wrote:
What's the longest non-scientific word?
[/quote]

At one point, antidisestablishmentarianism was the longest word in the English language, but I believe that there are a few new ones.
Message: Posted by: Andy the cardician (Jun 20, 2007 07:32PM)
What was that word out of Marry Poppins?
Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (Jun 20, 2007 08:13PM)
Also made up and without meaning but made for a fun song. I believe the authors are still alive and wrote new songs for the Broadway show.
Message: Posted by: TomKMagic (Jun 20, 2007 09:25PM)
A quick search on Google should reveal the longest technical or scientific word as well as the longest non-technical.

I happen to find this one which was listed as the longest non-technical in the Oxford English Dictionary with 29 letters: [b]Floccinaucinihilipilification[/b] found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floccinaucinihilipilification

Its meaning is: "the act or habit of estimating or describing something as worthless, or making something to be worthless by deprecation".

This word is an example of its definition...
Message: Posted by: Patrick Differ (Jun 21, 2007 12:47AM)
[quote]This word is an example of its definition... [/quote]

Irony if I ever saw it. I love this stuff.
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Jun 21, 2007 04:13PM)
[quote]
On 2007-06-18 14:52, Vandy Grift wrote:
[quote]
On 2007-06-18 14:01, kregg wrote:
"What's the longest non-scientific word?"

Time.
[/quote]

I thought it was "smiles" because there is a "mile" in between the two s's. Or something like that.

[/quote]

har har har! oh man, some jokes never get old!
Message: Posted by: yachanin (Jun 24, 2007 09:44AM)
It seems "... and now a word from our sponsor" is the longest :)

Regards, Steve
Message: Posted by: magicians (Dec 8, 2007 09:34AM)
The acknowledged longest word is:
pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis which is a bronchial condition due to the silcone content from volcanic ash.
And I spelled it from memory.
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Dec 8, 2007 09:51AM)
[quote]
On 2007-06-20 20:32, Andy the cardician wrote:
What was that word out of Marry Poppins?
[/quote]

Let's see if I can get this right;

Supercalifagilisticexpialidosous.

We were doing a "filk sing" at a sci-fi convention once and they did that song. I was the one who popped up with the line; "You know, you can say it backwards which is dosousaliexpiouddifragicalirepus but that going a bit far, don't you think?"

It dawned on me that she doesn't actually say the word backwards... she (or the songwriters) have reversed the groups of sylibyls (sp) but each individual group is still pronounced frontwards except for the last one.

Then, watching the pre-parade special on the Macy's Thankgiving Day parade, they had the Broadway cast of "Mary Poppins" doing that song and in THAT version she actually does say the entire word backwards! Must've taken weeks to get it right!
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Dec 8, 2007 11:59AM)
[quote]
On 2007-06-18 10:25, Blindside785 wrote:
Isn't the shortest sentence in the bible "He cried."
[/quote]

In the King James Version, Revelation XXII 21 ends with the sentence. "Amen."

John